Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Ice Blue by Susan Rae

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Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Susan Rae and Ice Blue.
When lives are on the line, sometimes the wrong thing is the right thing to do.
Born into a Chicago cop family, Angela DeLuca gets her rush from saving lives while her brothers get theirs from catching the bad guys. A tough beauty with a heart perhaps too big, she champions the underdog because, as the youngest of six siblings, she often felt like one.
ICE Special Agent Troy Deavers became a cop to prove he wasn’t like his father—a southern politician who brought his family down with greed and corruption. He doesn’t suffer victims well. At first intrigued by Angela’s passion, he soon fears that the fire in Angela’s heart will be her undoing.
What happens when Troy falls in love with the lovely but infuriating Angela, the Chicago paramedic who insists on protecting a young witness and her unborn baby—a witness who could break his case wide open?
You met the DeLuca family in heartbeats, now come to know them even better in ICE blue.

Susan Rae
I write, basically, because I just can’t help myself.  I can't resist the challenge of taking the intriguing characters and storylines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into compelling manuscripts.  Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine a sexy, passionate love story with a gritty suspense tale—in my opinion, the best of both worlds. It also lets me express my appreciation for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.
Freefall, my second novel, takes place in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine Forest and beautiful Door CountyICE blue returns to the busy streets of Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan to continue the story of the DeLuca family which began in my award winning first novel, heartbeats. I am currently working on the third book in the DeLuca series, TRUE blue, due out in 2014, where it seems my characters must take a trip to Montana’s majestic Glacier National Park.
When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute.  To read more about my novels and the writing life, please visit my website/blog atwww.susanrae.com
My thoughts:
This is a great story!  Although it is not the first book in the series it easily stands alone.  The story is complete on it's own, but will only draw you into the series more if you have read book one.  It is fast paced and action packed.  The character development is well thought out and wonderfully done.  The story line is disturbing in topic, but completely draws you in and holds you through to the end.  The story gives a sense of what it means to have family and yet brings the reality that that sense of family doesn't have to be reserved for those who are related by blood.  It gives an inside view of the lives of men and women who serve the public in the jobs; firefighters, paramedics, police, doctors, and government agents.  It sheds light on a frightening and too real topic - human trafficking - those who suffer from it and those who fight against it.  This story is well written; both heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time.  I can't wait for more in the series.